Concern over female smoker figures
Cigarettes could be sold in plain packets in an effort to make smoking look less attractive to young people, under proposals being considered by the government.
The plans, outlined by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in an interview with The Times newspaper, coincide with the release of figures showing a rising number of lung cancer cases in women.
Cancer Research UK says more than 18,000 UK women were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, compared with fewer than 8,000 in 1975.
Dr Peter Mackereth from the Christie Cancer Care Centre said he had noticed an increase "amongst young people in smoking... particularly girls", and said celebrities were partly to blame.
13 Apr 2012